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makes something funny? If you have ever been put in the wretched
position of having to explain why you were laughing, you know
that humor is irreducible. Trying to analyze it violates it.
Because it lies at the very source of language, what provokes
laughter resists explanation through language.Rudolf
Steiner, perhaps recognizing the pitfalls of definition, took
a phenomenological approach to the subject in a lecture delivered
in Berlin in 1910, entitled “Laughing and Weeping.”
Steiner saw (as did Socrates in the case of comedy and tragedy)
an intimate relationship between laughing and weeping.
Y B E T H W. O R E N S T E I N
RADIOLOGY TODAY / DECEMBER 23, 2002
Christmastime tradition of hanging a sprig of mistletoe above
the doorway originated in Greek folklore. Now, another use
for the plant is becoming popular in the United States —
complementary cancer therapy. Almost two years ago, the scientific
and clinical review committees of the Kimmel Cancer Center
at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa.,
looked at available research on the use of mistletoe as a
supportive treatment for cancer patients.
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